Sub-Regional Meeting on Prevention & Control of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever
The World Health Organization (WHO), in cooperation with the Ministry of Health (MOH) today organized the Sub-Regional Meeting on Prevention and Control of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saif al-Hosni, MOH’s Undersecretary for Health Affairs in the presence of H.E. Dr. Abdullah al-Sa’edi, WHO representative in the Sultanate.
The three-day meeting gathers 40 participants and presenters from different countries; Oman, kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Denmark, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Russia and Afghanistan.
It aims to discuss the technical policies and challenges on the CCHF prevention and control in human and animal under the “One Health” concept, as well as identify the key strategic actions the prevention and control of the CCHF in the region.
It also discuss different aspects; burden and trend of the CCHF in Eastern Mediterranean Region, effective preventive and control strategies in animal and human health sector, best practices for control of CCHF, laboratory diagnosis of CCHF and other viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) in animals and humans…etc.
Dr. Abdullah al-Sa’edi pointed out in his speech that Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is the most widespread tick-borne viral infection and one of the rapidly emerging viral hemorrhagic fevers in humans, occurring across many countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Sporadic human cases and outbreaks of CCHF have been reported from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates. The situation is particularly alarming in Pakistan where the trend of CCHF has been steadily increasing from 62 cases in 2012 to 154 cases in 2014 with the fatality rate ranging from 20 to 30%.
He also added that: “In view of increasing burden of the disease in the region, we feel that there is a need for a comprehensive prevention and control strategy for CCHF in the region”.